HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus. While the virus isn’t widely known, it is incurable and often has no symptoms. Additionally, its effects are wide-spread. Even more surprising, is its prevalence in children coupled with its ability to cause multiple cancers at a very young age.
In fact, HPV is linked with:
- 90% of cervical and anal cancers
- 60% of penile cancers
- 70% of vaginal, vulvar and oropharynx cancers
Fortunately, though, there is a highly effective vaccine—and the younger you are when you receive it, the better off you are. Both boys and girls can benefit from the vaccine, especially between the ages of 11 and 12. However, the vaccine can be safely and effectively given as early as age 9.
The HPV Vaccine Is a Proven Solution:
Since 2006, when children first began getting the vaccine…
- The rate of related cancers in teenage girls has dropped 71%
- Studies continue to prove its effectiveness in preventing infections that can cause pre-cancer and cancer in boys and girls alike—particularly with the vaccine is received early
Additional Facts about the HPV Virus:
- It is safe and approved by the CDC and the FDA
- The side effects are rare and minimal
- The HPV vaccine is generally covered by insurance